A Right Approach
A Sermon on Romans 9:14
What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God's part? By no means! (ESV)
Does God really choose who to save? How should you respond after hearing the truth about the doctrine of election? For some, this is the hardest concept to grasp in all of theology. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains Paul’s exclamation in Romans 9:14 by first stating that we should never try to manipulate the Scripture of God to make it fit what we want it to say. He then goes on to outline several viewpoints of how people might respond after hearing the true teaching of election and salvation. In the second part of this message, Dr. Lloyd-Jones asks how someone should respond. First, we should be thankful that the apostle Paul never skirts around the issue. Just because something is difficult to grasp, does not give us permission to dismiss it from Scripture. We should always be careful of the inner spirit we have when dealing with this issue. We should never approach it with a bipartisan attitude or by debating it. Finally, we should always acknowledge that the Scripture is the Word of God and we must submit ourselves to the whole of it even when we do not understand. Election is how God carries out his perfect plan and we should know that not all things are meant for human understanding.